BLIND GUARDIAN Replace ICED EARTH At Sweden's GATES OF METAL Festival

BLIND GUARDIAN have replaced ICED EARTH at this year's Gates Of Metal festival, set to take place Aug. 2 in Hultsfred, Sweden.

The complete list of artists currently scheduled to perform at the event is as follows:

NIGHTWISH
GAMMA RAY
BLIND GUARDIAN
KREATOR
FREEDOM CALL
LOST HORIZON
ARCH ENEMY
IRON SAVIOR
MERCILESS
WOLF
STORMWARRIOR
NORTHER

Only 5,000 tickets will be released, according to the festival's official web site, and they are priced at 550 SEK (approximately $65). 12 bands will perform on three stages, and there will be a separate bar area with metal DJs and guest DJs.

For more information on Gates Of Metal, visit www.gatesofmetal.nu.

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